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Pro-family group endorses Collins
By Gene Metrick | Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 20:17
The North Carolina Chapter of the Eagle Forum this week endorsed Republican Jeff Collins in the race for the District 25 N.C. House seat.
“Under the present House leadership, North Carolina has become one of the highest taxed and most anti-business states in the Southeast,” said Eagle Forum State President Andrew Dunn in a press release. “It should come as no surprise that the unemployment rate in Nash County is over 11 percent and Edgecombe is 14.5 percent – the third highest in the state. Voters in the 25th have a chance to reverse this grim picture by electing Jeff Collins to represent them in Raleigh.
“Jeff Collins is someone who understands and will listen to the needs of everyday North Carolinians. Jeff will take action to bring jobs back to our state, end forced annexation, protect us against involuntary government health insurance, cut off incentives that encourage illegal immigration and stand up for the rights of parents to exercise school choice.”
The Eagle Forum is a self-described pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, whose mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy.
Collins is challenging Democratic N.C. Rep. Randy Stewart.
New Ellmers ad blasts Etheridge on understanding of District's needs
By | Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 17:43
Republican U.S. House candidate Renee Ellmers launched a new television ad Wednesday in response to U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge’s charge that Ellmers “just doesn’t understand” how things work in Washington.
The 30-second spot will air on network and cable television throughout the Second District, according to a release from Ellmers' campaign.
Ellmers recaps a recent appearance on WRAL's, “On the Record,” where Etheridge told host David Crabtree that “Mrs.Ellmers just doesn’t understand.” Etheridge repeats the same phrase in his recent ad titled, "Most Important".
Click the link to view the ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-gs68EH80I
Etheridge chides Ellmers on healthcare issues
By | Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 17:12
Here's a new television spot from U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge titled, "Most Important," that recently started circulating. In the commercial, Etheridge, D-2nd District, scolds his Republican opponent Renee Ellmers for siding with health insurance companies, instead of the middle-class.
Several media outlets have Ellmers on the record saying that health insurance companies should decide if pre-existing conditions, or maternity care, are covered.
Click the link to see the new ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZnhM7HfHmo
Dems and Republicans make last strides to Nov. 2
By Geoffrey Cooper | Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 14:30
Both Democratic and Republican groups are using this weekend to make a final push toward potential area voters for the conclusion of the midterm elections.
Republican candidate Renee Ellmers will visit Rocky Mount from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Ellmers, a health professional from Dunn, will tour Babington Technology located on Fabrication Way as part of her seven-day, 10-cities tour around District 2. Ellmers is vying against 14-year incumbent and Harnett County native U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-2nd District, for his seat.
On that same day The Rocky Mount Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its annual "NAACP Day Membership Drive" starting at 12:30 p.m. inside of the Rocky Mount OIC Building. The afternoon function will feature a two-hour forum for the 10 candidates running for seats on the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education. This year's midterm election features five school board seats up for grabs — Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9.
For more information on the event contact Judyth Weaver at 977-2922 or Sitawi Jahi at 977-6834.
NC Chamber PAC endorses Swindell
By Gene Metrick | Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 18:55
The NC Chamber Political Action Committee has endorsed N.C. Sen. A.B. Swindell, D-Nash, in his bid for re-election
The NC Chamber PAC is the political arm of the North Carolina Chamber, North Carolina’s leading statewide business advocacy organization.
“Senator Swindell's experience and knowledge of key issues tied to economic recovery and job retention and creation is what North Carolina needs at a critical time for our state,” said Lew Ebert, NC Chamber president, CEO and member of the Chamber’s PAC Board, in a press release. “At a time of record-high unemployment, families and small businesses are struggling to stay afloat.
"The NC Chamber PAC’s endorsement tells voters that A.B. Swindell understands what it takes to create and keep good jobs and get our economy growing again.”
Swindell is facing Republican Buck Newton in the Nov. 2 election for the District 11 N.C. Senate seat.
Etheridge to tour Middlesex Elementary
By | Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 17:23
U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge will join U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Victor Vasquez, school leaders and local officials on a tour of Middlesex Elementary School 3:30 p.m. Friday to get an update on ongoing school construction.
Middlesex Elementary was awarded an $8.4 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a new 19,000 sq. ft. building. The new building will provide 15 new classrooms and an updated administrative and support services office area.
Marshall gains ground, but Burr maintains comfortable lead
By Gene Metrick | Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 22:50
A new poll reports that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elaine Marshall is gaining some ground on Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, but Burr still maintains a strong lead in the contest.
The poll conducted by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling of Raleigh reports Burr leading Marshall by a margin of 48 percent to 40 percent with Libertarian candidate Michael Beitler garnering the support of 3 percent of respondents. Burr was up 49 percent to 36 percent over Marshall in a previous poll conducted in September.
“The good news for Elaine Marshall is that she’s picking up undecided voters and closing the margin against Burr,” stated Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, in a press release. “There’s good news for Burr in the poll, too, though. His support is pretty steady and he’s very close to the 50 percent mark.”
The polling firm attributed Marshall's rise to a shoring up of support in her Democratic base and a slight narrowing of the so-called "enthusiasm gap" between Republicans and Democrats.
The Public Policy Polling survey of 597 likely North Carolina voters was conducted Oct. 15-17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
To view the full results of the poll, click here.
White Republican men lead record pace of early voting
By | Monday, October 18, 2010 - 17:55
Editor's Note: The following report was release Monday by Democracy North Carolina:
After three days, one-stop early voting is off to a record-shattering pace for midterm elections and the largest group casting ballots are white Republican men, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan group Democracy North Carolina.
Two years ago, black Democratic women led all groups in the 17-day early voting period and propelled Barack Obama to a surprise victory in the Tar Heel state. The remarkable shift to GOP men echoes polling data about the Republican tide this year, although after three days of voting, the total number of one-stop ballots cast by all Democrats still exceeds those of Republicans.
“Early voting doesn’t favor one party or another, but reveals who’s most organized and enthusiastic about making their voices heard,” said Bob Hall, director of Democracy North Carolina, which has tracked the evolution of early voting. “Combined with the opportunity for same-day registration, our state’s early voting process is essentially a tool of empowerment and convenience.”
After three days, a total of 72,173 voters have cast one-stop ballots. That’s more than twice the 35,728 cast at the same point in the previous midterm election of 2006 and even more than the 70,645 in the 2004 presidential election. In 2008, a surprising 266,649 voters crowded one-stop centers in the first three days.
So far this year, registered Democrats are edging out Republicans by 31,910 to 27,623. By contrast, after three days in 2008, Democrats were swamping Republicans by nearly a 3-to-1 ratio – at that point, 163,321 votes to 58,748.
The county with the most early votes so far in 2010 is not Wake or Mecklenburg but coastal Brunswick County, where eight voting centers and hotly contested local, state and Congressional contests reinforce a tradition of early turnout. Setting the pattern for the state, white Republican men led the county followed by white Republican women.
Wilson County, where tea party supporters are backing a white independent candidate against the black Democratic candidate for sheriff, is another center of early robust turnout; it ranked 6th among the 100 counties after three day of early voting. African-American Democratic women lead among the demographic groups in Wilson.
Other counties among the top ten are New Hanover, Alamance, Wayne, Henderson, Chatham, Johnston, Gaston and Caldwell. For a county-by-county chart of turnout for October 14 through October 16, go to http://www.democracy-nc.org/downloads/EarlyVoting2010First3DaysCountySumm.xls
Early voting continues through Saturday, October 30 at 1 pm. Counties have different schedules, including multiple locations and evening hours in some cases. Seven counties offer the convenience of Sunday afternoon voting which turned out to be the most intensive hours of early voting in 2008.
Total Votes at One-Stop Early Voting Centers
Election Year First Three Days Total Period
2008 266,649 2.4 million
2006 35,728 372,020
2004 70,645 707,628
2002 13,110 170,543
Data from files at the N.C. State Board of Elections. The counts for 2002-2008 are for ballots accepted, not just those cast.
Legislative candidates garner endorsements
By Gene Metrick | Friday, October 8, 2010 - 21:58
Three legislative candidates from the Twin Counties recently were endorsed by statewide organizations.
The N.C. Police Benevolent Association endorsed Republican Jeff Collins in his bid to unseat N.C. Rep. Randy Stewart in the District 25 N.C. House race.
“A vote for Jeff Collins is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve,” association President Randy Byrd stated in a press release.
The association held a series of candidate screenings for candidates seeking various elected offices. During the interview process, the association reported that "Jeff Collins demonstrated why his experiences and education make him uniquely qualified to represent the voters of District 25. He also demonstrated to the NCPBA that he is committed to making strong, effective law enforcement a priority in his campaign."
Democratic N.C. Sen. A.B. Swindell recently received the endorsement of the North Carolina chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.
“A.B. Swindell is a strong supporter of small business and free enterprise,” said Gregg Thompson, state director of NFIB/North Carolina. “NFIB/North Carolina supports his firm belief in running government with fiscal responsibility, cutting red tape and emphasizing policies that promote job creation.”
Swindell stated in a press release that the federation's support is important to his campaign.
"NFIB’s membership believes in less government, which is part of my track record as a pro-business state senator," he said. "When we help entrepreneurs and small, family-owned businesses succeed, we help make North Carolina’s economy stronger.”
Swindell faces Republican Buck Newton in the Nov. 2 election.
North Carolina Right to Life endorsed Republican candidate Claiborne Holtzman in his challenge of N.C. Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield for her N.C. House District 24 seat.
“Thank you for your commitment to upholding the sanctity of human life from conception/creation to natural death and your support of legislation to protect life at all stages of development,” NCRTL Director Don Daugherty and NCRTL President Barbara Holt stated in a press release. “We look forward to working with you to pass the Abortion: Woman’s Right to Know Act, which would save approximately 4,000 unborn children from being aborted every year, legislation to recognize the unborn child as a second victim, and other pro-life legislation.”
Small business club endorses Jenkins
By Geoffrey Cooper | Monday, September 20, 2010 - 18:52
The National Federation of Independent Business, a small business association, recently endorsed N.C. Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe.
The endorsement was made by NFIB/North Carolina Save America's Free Enterprise Trust, which is comprised of NFIB members.
“Senator Jenkins is a strong supporter of small business and free enterprise,” said Gregg Thompson, state director of NFIB/North Carolina. “NFIB/North Carolina supports his firm belief in running government with fiscal responsibility, cutting red tape and emphasizing policies that promote job creation,” he said.
Jenkins is defending his District 3 seat against Republican C.B. Daughtridge in the Nov. 2 general election.
Jenkins said, “NFIB’s support is important to my campaign. NFIB’s membership believes in less government, which is part of my track record as a pro-business state senator. Government needs to be out of the way of entrepreneurs so they can create jobs. When we help entrepreneurs and small, family-owned businesses succeed, we help make North Carolina’s economy stronger.”
Federation officials said that political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.
Etheridge uses upbringing to connect service record
By Geoffrey Cooper | Monday, September 20, 2010 - 18:26
U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge recently launched a new YouTube ad that highlights his boyhood days and upbringing as a way to resonate with 2nd Congressional District voters.
The 30-second ad titled, "A Shared Story", opens with Etheridge and his wife, Faye, holding hands and walking down a grassy path. The scrapbook-style bio continues to chronicle Etheridge's early beginnings as a student at Cleveland School, his standout basketball days at Campbell University and his military service in the U.S. Army.
The positive accounts of Etheridge's past are used to counter previous attacks from Republican outlets about his votes on health care and government spending and his infamous June spat with two conservative video bloggers on the streets of Washington, D.C.
Etheridge's opponent, Renee Ellmers, has tried to capitalize on the incidents for monetary gain to her campaign. She has not been successful, as campaign finance reports show Etheridge continues to tout a bigger war chest than her.
Click below to see the entire video ad:
Small business group backs Collins
By Geoffrey Cooper | Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 13:33
The National Federation of Independent Business, a small business association, endorsed Republican Jeff Collins Wednesday.
The endorsement was made by NFIB/North Carolina Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, which is comprised of NFIB members.
“Jeff Collins is a strong supporter of small business and free enterprise,” said Gregg Thompson, state director of NFIB/North Carolina. “NFIB/North Carolina supports his firm belief in running government with fiscal responsibility, cutting red tape and emphasizing policies that promote job creation,” he said.
Collins is vying against N.C. Rep. Randy Stewart, D-Nash, for his District 25 seat. The general election will be Nov. 2. He recently received endorsement from Farmville native U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-3rd District.
Collins said, “NFIB’s support is important to my campaign. NFIB’s membership believes in less government, which is a position I strongly advocate. Government needs to be out of the way of entrepreneurs so they can create jobs. When we help entrepreneurs and small, family-owned businesses succeed, we help make North Carolina’s economy stronger."
Group officials said that political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.
Ad ties Etheridge to Pelosi
By Geoffrey Cooper | Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 21:10
Americans for Job Security launched a new television ad Wednesday in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District that targets U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge's record in Congress.
The pro-business issue advocacy organization spent $800,000 on the 30-second ad, which attacks Etheridge, 2nd District, and ties him to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Steve DeMaura, President of Americans for Job Security, said in a release that there is a severe jobs shortage in North Carolina, but Etheridge continues to support legislation that stunts growth in his district.
"He has supported tax increases, wasteful government spending, and the overhaul of our nation's health care system. He voted for the stimulus package, for more red tape, and for initiatives that hurt local job creation. He might have voted with Pelosi, but he voted against North Carolina," DeMaura said.
Members of Etheridge's campaign have denounced the claims, stating he is working to bring jobs and support middle-class families in his district.
Jobs group devotes $800,000 on issue ads
By Geoffrey Cooper | Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 18:43
Americans for Job Security announced Thursday it will spend close to $800,000 on issue ads in the state's 2nd Congressional District.
The pro-business issue advocacy organization is targeting U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, 2nd-District, for his position on fiscal spending.
"Spending in Washington is simply out of control," said Steve DeMaura, President of Americans for Job Security. "U.S. debt has soared far beyond historical records, and yet, Rep. Etheridge has perpetually supported additional public spending increases that damage recovery efforts today and place economic obstacles in the way of our children's future. North Carolina job creators are ready to tell Rep. Etheridge that it is time to take down the hurdles that stand in the way of economic recovery."
The 30-second ad will feature voices from the 2nd Congressional District and will begin airing on Sept. 14. Etheridge will defend his seat against Dunn nurse Renee Ellmers in the mid-term elections.
Butterfield, Woolard to hold weekend debate
By Geoffrey Cooper | Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 14:03
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, and his Republican challenger Ashley Woolard will have their first televised debate Wednesday evening.
The hour-long, face-to-face debate is sponsored by NBC-17 and will be moderated by political reporter Kim Genardo. The debate will tape from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, but will not air until 1 p.m. Sunday.
The debate will be the first time the Wilson native and Washington businessman have met during the campaign trail. Butterfield is seeking a fourth consecutive term.
Residents can watch the entire debate on NBC-17 or view it online at mync.com.
Newton leads Swindell in opinion poll
By Geoffrey Cooper | Friday, September 3, 2010 - 17:28
A poll released this week reports that Republican Buck Newton is leading N.C. Sen. A.B. Swindell in the N.C. Senate District 11 race.
The poll conducted by Survey USA for the Raleigh-based conservative think tank, John W. Pope Civitas Institute, reported Newton leading Swindell, D-Nash, by a margin of 47 percent to 41 percent, with 12 percent undecided.
Newton also leads 54 percent to 40 percent among voters who said they are most likely to vote in November. The poll results show that unaffiliated voters are backing Newton by a 62 to 17 margin.
"Senator Swindell appears to be in serious political trouble," said Chris Hayes, Civitas Institute Senior Legislative Analyst. "The overwhelming Republican wave running through the electorate is on the verge of sweeping him out of office."
The survey of 350 registered voters was conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent. To read the full report click here: http://www.nccivitas.org/files/SD%2011.pdf
Bus tour to roll into Nash County
By Geoffrey Cooper | Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 20:06
A political advocacy group is using the upcoming Labor Day weekend to rally Nash County and other state voters to oust liberal lawmakers this fall.
Americans for Prosperity's "November Is Coming" bus tour is scheduled to visit 2nd, 7th and 8th U.S. Congressional Districts on Monday and Tuesday. The tour is scheduled to stop in Nashville. The event will start 2 p.m. Tuesday at the L&L Food Store on West Washington Street.
The grassroots organization will be visiting voters in Rockingham, Lauinburg, Raeford and Fayetteville on Sept. 6. Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, a Republican, is scheduled to be the guest speaker of all those visits.
The bus tour will conclude Sept. 7 with visits to Clinton, Dunn, Nashville, Louisburg and Henderson.
AFP officials said they are using the bus tour as a chance to educate residents about area politicians and their positions on government spending.
The organization is particularly targeting U.S. Reps. Bob Etheridge, D-2nd District, and Larry Kissell, D-8th District, mainly for their stances on fiscal spending. AFP officials said they also will hold other politicians accountable if they continue to support big government policies.
“Kissell and Etheridge have joined with Nancy Pelosi in ushering in a new era of bigger government, endless bailouts, a permanently broken federal budget and government control over our decisions,” said Dallas Woodhouse, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina. “Folks need to send a clear message to Mr. Etheridge and Mr. Kissell that struggling taxpayers can’t afford any more bad decisions from Congress.”
Residents will be asked to sign a petition to Etheridge, Kissel, and other politicians during the rallies, urging them to practices in Washington, D.C. More than 371,000 Americans have signed AFP’s November Is Coming petition at www.NovemberIsComing.com, warning incumbents and challengers they would be voted down in this year's mid-term elections if they do not hold conservative agendas.
Burr to attend GOP headquarters opening
By Geoffrey Cooper | Monday, August 23, 2010 - 11:36
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., will be the keynote speaker Thursday for the grand-opening of the Nash County Republican Party’s headquarters. The event will start at 5:15 p.m. at the party’s headquarters, 1616 Sunset Avenue, which is across from the City Lake.
The headquarters’ unveiling will feature several appearances by several GOP candidates vying for local, state and congressional seats in the midterm elections.
Dunn nurse Renee Ellmers will attend and speak at the grand opening. Ellmers is challenging U.S. Rep Bob Etheridge, D-2nd District, for his seat. She was endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin last week.
Candidates Buck Newton and Jeff Collins also will be in attendance. Newton, a Wilson attorney, is vying against N.C. Sen. A.B. Swindell, D-Nash, for his District 11 seat. Collins is challenging N.C. Rep. Randy Stewart, D-Nash, for his District 25 seat.
County commissioner candidates Wayne Outlaw and Doug Starr also will be attending the event. Outlaw is defending his District 5 seat against Democrat Charlotte Mizelle. Starr is vying against Commissioner Mary Wells for her District 6 seat.
The Nash GOP Party officials are encouraging interested voters to attend the grand opening. The party’s headquarters will be open for a few hours approximately two days a week through late September. But the building will be open for more days and longer hours as Nov. 2, Election Day, approaches.
County residents can visit the Nash County Republican Party’s facebook page or its website at www.nashncgop.com for more information about the grand opening, candidates and headquarter hours.
Advocacy group to host local rally
By Geoffrey Cooper | Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 14:29
A conservative-leaning political advocacy group will host a rally this weekend, urging voters to rid lawmakers that have passed costly legislation.
The North Carolina Chapter of Americans for Prosperity will visit Rocky Mount on Sunday to host their "November is Coming" Rally. The rally will run from 3 to 5 p.m. at Nash Community College. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
The group's web page states the purpose of the rally is to educate the public on the voting records of Congressional and state legislators and recruit volunteers to help with voter education efforts. The series of statewide "November is Coming" rallies are meant to urge voters to hold elected officials accountable for issues such as government expansion.
So far, the group has visited residents in Asheville and is scheduled to visit Sanford and Pinehurst this week.
Attendees will hear from various tea party and grassroots activists, and will be asked to sign a petition to Congressman Bob Etheridge, Congressman Heath Shuler and several members of the N.C. General Assembly. The petition will ask legislators to either vote against big government policies or risk being voted down in the mid-term elections.
“Our elected officials have to know they’re going to be held accountable for their votes,” said Dallas Woodhouse, state director of Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina. “Their decisions are already killing jobs and raising taxes, and the NorthCarolina economy simply can’t afford it.”
More than 368,000 national voters have signed AFP’s November Is Coming petition at www.NovemberIsComing.com. The group is based in Washington, D.C., and has chapters in 26 states.
Burr leads Marshall in latest U.S. Senate poll
By Geoffrey Cooper | Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 16:35
A recent poll gathered by the John W. Pope Civitas Institute shows that U.S. Senate hopeful Elaine Marshall trails Richard Burr in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Analysts from the Raleigh-based conservative think tank said that Marshall's, a Democrat, decline primarily is due to low name recognition and lack of support from unaffiliated voters. Because of those factors, Burr now holds a sizable lead over Marshall – a 44 percent margin to a 31 percent margin.
Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Va. conducted the live caller poll to 600 possible general election voters in the state last week. Fourty-four percent of the voters said they would vote for Burr if the U.S. Senate election was held today.
Thirty-seven percent said they would vote for Marshall, and 15 percent said they were undecided. Sixty-two percent of the voters said they have no opinion or are unaware of her candidacy, despite serving close to 14 years as N.C. Secretary of State.
But the name recognition seems to be helping Burr – 29 percent of voters said gave no opinion and nine percent said they are unaware of his candidacy.
The highly-contested U.S. Senate matchup involves Marshall, Burr, R-NC, and Libertarian Michael Bietler.
The poll had a marigin of error by four percentage points. For more details on the report, click here.
Collins leads Stewart in early opinion poll
By Gene Metrick | Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 17:31
A poll released this week reports that Republican Jeff Collins is leading N.C. Rep. Randy Stewart in the N.C. House District 25 race.
The poll conducted by SurveyUSA for the conservative Raleigh think tank, the Civitas Institute, found Collins leading Stewart, D-Nash, by a margin of 45 percent to 37 percent, with 18 percent undecided.
Collins leads Stewart 47 percent to 20 percent among unaffiliated voters, with 33 percent saying they are undecided. Registered Republicans gave Collins a 79 percent to 8 percent lead, while Stewart led among registered Democrats by a 65 percent to 21 percent margin.
“Collins is capitalizing on the frustration among voters with the current direction and leadership of the state and nation,” said Chris Hayes, senior legislative analyst for the Civitas Institute. “The political tide is strongly in Republicans’ favor currently and is causing problems for many Democratic incumbent legislators across the state.”
The survey of 350 registered voters in District 25 was conducted June 29-30 and has a a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.
Selected reactions to Marshall's runoff victory
By Gene Metrick | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 20:00
Here's a sampling of some of the statements issued by politicians and party leaders following Elaine Marshall's victory over Cal Cunningham in Tuesday's runoff election for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate:
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr:
“I congratulate Secretary of State Marshall on her primary victory. The Democrat's primary has shown that North Carolina voters will have a clear choice in November between two vastly different directions for our country.
"I am proud of my record of less spending and smaller federal government, and I trust the voters of North Carolina to pick a senator that reflects their vision for our state and nation.”
"I commend (Marshall) for running an extremely impressive campaign, one that has shown tenacity and grit. She has overcome some tremendous odds to show North Carolinians the type of character that we would expect of our next U.S. Senator.
"You can take it from me, she's a tough campaigner. Any differences she and I might have had in this campaign pale in comparison to our differences with Richard Burr. ...
"Now, let's rally behind Elaine Marshall and go on to the fall campaign and make sure she's successful replacing Richard Burr in the U.S. Senate and putting this Senate seat back to work for the people of North Carolina."
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele:
"I am more confident than ever that Sen. Burr will resoundingly defeat Elaine Marshall in the race for the U.S. Senate.
"The newly minted Democrat nominee survived a contentious primary that has left the Democrat Party largely fractured. And Marshall’s support for the far-left, liberal policies championed by the Obama-Reid-Pelosi triumvirate puts her largely out of touch with the majority of voters in the state.
"Sen. Burr has routinely put the people of North Carolina first and fought for their interests in the United States Senate, and he will once again prove to be victorious in November.”
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez:
“Congratulations to Elaine Marshall on her primary victory. She is a proven reformer who has taken on the special interests in her state and has cracked down on lobbyistactivity, insurance company abuses and excess on Wall Street.
"Both Elaine and Cal Cunningham deserve credit for running spirited, aggressive campaigns. ... Voters will face a choice between a Democrat who has focused on creating jobs and the needs of North Carolina’s middle class and a Republican who puts partisanship ahead of doing what’s right."
N.C. Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer:
“... a small number of Democrats narrowly selected Elaine Marshall as their U.S. Senate candidate. Democrats are justifiably unexcited by Marshall’s candidacy, and in November, voters will come to the conclusion that she is wrong for North Carolina.
"Elaine Marshall is out-of-touch with mainstream voters in our state. If elected to the U.S. Senate, she would only maintain the status quo in Washington ...
"Senator Richard Burr overwhelmingly won the Republican nomination for a second term in the U.S. Senate in May, giving North Carolinians the opportunity to reelect a leader who continues to stand up for their best interests in Washington."
N.C. Democratic Party Chairman David Young:
"Elaine Marshall is not afraid to stand up to powerful special interests. As North Carolina's first female Secretary of State, she cracked down on fraud and abuse and held Wall Street banks accountable for misleading North Carolina investors. Elaine will continue to fight for middle class families in the U.S. Senate and promote job creation. ...
"In contrast, Richard Burr has spent the past 15 years siding with powerful special interests in Washington and voting for job-killing policies that devastated North Carolina's economy. Burr is so out of touch he recently told the News & Observer hewas reluctant to 'second guess' British Petroleum, the oil giant responsible for the worst environmental disaster in American history."
Marshall faces Burr, R-N.C., and Guilford County Libertarian Michael Beitler in the November General elections.
Marshall wins Democratic U.S. Senate runoff
By Gene Metrick | Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 21:22
The Associated Press has declared Elaine Marshall the winner of the Democratic U.S. Senate runoff election.
With 85 percent of counties reporting, Marshall holds a 60 percent to 40 percent lead over Cunningham, according to results posted on the N.C. State Board of Elections website.
Cunningham conceded the election during a speech a short while ago in his hometown of Lexington. The former Army prosecutor told supporters that they all need to support Marshall in order to defeat Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in November, AP reports.
Marshall leading in Twin Counties
By Geoffrey Cooper | Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 20:24
Nash and Edgecombe counties Board of Elections officials have started to report their results in the runoff election.
With two precincts reporting, Marshall has 211 votes to Cunningham's 149 votes in Edgecombe County.
Marshall also has a lead in Nash County – which now has 23 out of 27 precieints reporting – with 998 votes to Cunningham's 780 votes.
These numbers are on-point with projections that voter turnout throughout the Twin Counties would be low.